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Athenry Heritage Centre
St. Mary's,The Square, Athenry,
Co. Galway
T: +353 (0)91 844661
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Opening Times




Saturday 29th April

Sunday 30th April


Bank Holiday Monday 1st May




General Admission
€5.00 Adult €4.50 Child
Medieval Experience
€8.00 Adult €6.50 Child
Family Ticket (2 + 2 ) €26.00

Group Tours Discounts
Senior/ Student Discounts
Discounts for OPW Heritage Cards

Walking Tours

Discover our award winning architectual walking tour.
Get the brochure, illustrated map and audio narrative for free here.Illustrated map of Athenry

Brochure download

Download and save our brouchure for 2012/2013 and read off-line.Brochure for athenry heritage centre 2012

Events at the Athenry Heritage Centre


Cruinniu na Casca


Cruinniú na Cásca is a day-long national celebration of culture and creativity which will take place around the country on Easter Monday.

Experience the Magic of Creativity!

Come to the Medieval Town of Athenry on Easter Monday for a free Creativity and Cultural Day embracing and celebrating all things cultural through the rich variety of Arts & Creativity Workshops, music, song and dance, locally produced film screenings and podcasts, storytelling, Irish Cómhra, and lots, lots more.

Participate in creative fun, have a go at archery, juggling, beating a drum, listen to the sound of samba, get involved in arts and crafts activities, see our traditional crafts people at work. 

This free event is taking place within our cultural and civic spaces; Athenry Heritage Centre and Athenry Castle and working in collaboration with the local community for the use of the Athenry 1916 Community Garden, Athenry Community Park, and Athenry Community Hall.

Organised by Galway County Council in co-operation with Athenry Community Council, Athenry Tidy Towns, Athenry Heritage Centre, Athenry Castle/OPW, Athenry Historical Network, and Galway & Athenry Film Clubs.

This free community event on culture, creativity and craic event runs from 1pm to 4pm on Easter Monday.

Criunniú na Cásca is an initiative of the Clár Éire Ildánach / Creative Ireland Programme 2017-2022


Easter Monday  

Culture Night 2016

Seamus Ruttledge Culture Night 2016

Christmas Winter Wonderland 2016


Christmas Winter Wonderland






Celebrate Christmas in the Athenry Winter Wonderland. 

December 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th 

Christmas Winter WonderlandEnjoy a magical time in the Athenry Heritage Centre’s Winter Wonderland, a place that sparkles with the joys of Christmas. Unwrap a world of treats and delights with festive fun activities for all the family to enjoy.

Let your children experience a range of craft activities which are suitable for all ages. Discover traditional Victorian crafts or make a festive royal treasure as a gift for your family and friends. Our popular baking activity returns with new things to make and plant your spring bulbs with our garden elf.

These are the many wonderful activities children can enjoy whilst waiting to meet Santa and Mrs. Clause. All  the boys and girls receive a gift from the man in red. 



The Athenry Heritage Centre has been transformed into a grotto like no other and families will be thrilled by this special Christmas attraction set within the atmospheric St. Mary's Church.  

Parents of young babies and toddlers can also enjoy their Santa experience with morning opening times just for you. New parents can enjoy their first Christmas in a world of toys and festive cheer plus a present from Santa too.

The centre opens from 10:30am to 12:30pm for its Babies and Toddlers Santa Experience and then from 12:30pm to 5:30pm for the over two's and everyone else who believes in the magic of Christmas.

No booking is required for this event however we always recommend arriving early for this popular Christmas attraction.

Admission to the centre's Christmas Winter Wonderland:

€15 per child and €3 per adult.

Babies & Toddlers €10 per child and €3 per adult.

Contact 091 844661 for details or group bookings.


Christmas Winter Wonderland



1916 State Ceremonial Event

1916Easter Monday, 28th March 2016
As part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme,
a special State ceremony will take place to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising and the significant events that took place in the County of Galway during that time.
You are cordially invited to attend this commemoration, which takes place at
Athenry Town Park, Court Lane/Bridge Street, Athenry, Co. Galway
on Easter Monday, 28th March 2016.
The special State ceremony will commence at 11.20 a.m. and conclude at 1.45 p.m.
As this is an outdoor event, you are advised to dress for inclement weather.
Galway County Council is encouraging the public to attend the special State ceremony and also to participate in a range of events, taking place in Athenry on Monday 28th March 2016, organised by the Council and local community organisations, to complement the special State ceremony.
Please visit,28228,en.html for further details about the arrangements for the special State ceremony and the full programme of events taking place in Athenry on the day.

The town of Athenry will take centre stage in the State’s commemoration of 1916, when on Easter Monday, it hosts a special State ceremony to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Athenry has been chosen as one of only four locations, outside of Dublin, to host a State ceremony, with more than 5,000 people expected to join the relatives of the Galway men and women of 1916, for the synchronized wreath-laying.

This special day in the history of the county, begins at 9.30 am with a tree planting ceremony in the Park, with seven oak trees being planted by the Cathaoirleach and members of Galway County Council.

The formal event opens at 11.20 am with Aeraíocht – a presentation and celebration of the cultural traditions of the county in music, song, dance and poetry, with a range of world-class musicians and dancers taking to the stage.

The formal State ceremony begins with Paráid: Dathanna Phobail na Gaillimhe, a spectacular parade of the colours of the communities of the county, carried by the U-16 Captains of the GAA clubs and led by St. Patrick’s Band.

The parade commences at the ‘Back Lawn’ (Kenny Park) where Liam Mellows and the leaders of the Galway Volunteers, trained and drilled the Volunteers and will travel through the town centre before converging on the Park for the formal State ceremony.
The Defence Forces will play a prominent role, with officers reading the Proclamation, playing the Piper’s Lament, the Last Post and raising the National Flag.  The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O Sullivan T.D. will lay the wreath on behalf of the State at 1.15 pm.

The wreath-laying ceremony will be part of a series of synchronised wreath-laying ceremonies, with wreaths also being laid at significant sites in Dublin, Meath, Cork, and Wexford simultaneously at precisely 1.15 p.m. – the time that the Rising’s very first shots rang out.  An Air Corps Fly Past will also mark the event .

Road Closures Map Easter Monday

The  map of Athenry with road
closures on Monday 28th April.
Parking will be restricted throughout 
the day.
Galway County Council encourages 
poeple to use Public transport where
The main event commences at 11:30am.